Fears as expectant mothers trek 20km to access health unit


Expectant mothers at Punu Dwang Outreach centre. PHOTO BY OTII DENIS

By OTII DENIS

AMURU-Residents of Pwunu Dyang, Gaji Labala parishes  in Apaa, Amuru district are in acute worries as they have to trek more than 20 kilo-meters in-order to access health services.

This dilemma is affecting both expectant mothers who can’t get antenatal services and those with other ailments.

Akwir Jenet, a resident of Gaji Labala parish, Paboo Sub County in Amuru district says they are in real danger as they have to walk long distances to get antenatal services.

She said: “Apaa Health Centre II is about 15 miles and Obira Abic Health centre III which is about 50 kilometers away.”

Akwir added that whereas Obira Abic Health Centre is too far for her, it has no drug shortage like Apaa Health Centre II.

“Our lives are in danger since we have little or no access to midwives. It’s dangerous for us during delivery,” she added.

While such problem exists, TND News has learnt that sometimes medical outreach is conducted on monthly basis.

Aber Scovia, one of the midwives at Obira Abic Health center III told our reporter that whenever medical outreach is held, over twenty (20) expectant mothers in  Punu Dwang are attended to.

“Worst of all, these mothers deliver from homes because it’s difficult for them to access health facility. Some of the challenges are poor road network and long distance,” Aber revealed.

Acire Christopher who’s the In-charge Obira Abic Health center III told TND News from the health unit on Sunday that they are recording a shock decline in the number of patients seeking medical aid from the health facility.

Aciro also reveals that the current eviction of locals from the contested Apaa land in Amuru district has contributed to the low turn up at the health unit.

“Many times, we have gone for outreaches but find no people to attend to. Many now fear gathering in one place,” he added.

Akol Anthony, the Kilak North Member of Parliament who visited the area on Sunday confirmed to TND News Desk that about 15000 can’t access health facilities.

Akol added that Apaa health Centre II which is also far away lacks both drugs and medical workers.

Recently, President Museveni gave a decree that Apaa (land) was in Adjumani district, a statement that soon caused eviction and displacement of locals many of whom had settled well in the area.


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